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Kourion Ruins

Discover one of Cyprus’ most remarkable archeological sites, an extensive complex of Roman and Byzantine ruins with views over the sea.

The Kourion Ruins are among Cyprus’ most visited historic attractions. Set high on a cliff offering striking panoramas of the surrounding region, this site is best known for the beautiful mosaics decorating its ancient villas and for its stunning amphitheater. 

It is believed that the site has been inhabited since Neolithic times, with the earliest archeological discoveries dating back to 1200 B.C. The city was devastated by an earthquake in the 4th century A.D., and later served as a Christian settlement before being abandoned in the 7th century. Most of the monuments you see today date between the 2nd and 5th centuries A.D., while excavations continue to uncover additional ruins.

Be sure to see the impressive amphitheater, which has been beautifully restored and has a seating capacity of 3,500 people. It regularly hosts plays, concerts and ballets, so find out if any events are taking place here during your visit. 

Don’t miss the nearby Villa of Eustolios, a private residence constructed by a wealthy Christian in the 5th century A.D. Take some time to admire the ornate mosaics that decorate the villa’s floor. You can also see an interesting complex of Roman baths, complete with an under-floor heating system.

See more eye-catching mosaic floors in the House of Achilles. Look for one of the most complete mosaics, which depict Odysseus revealing Achilles’ true identity in the court of the King Lycomedes. Constructed in the early 4th century A.D., this building is believed to have been used as a greeting center for honored guests. In the nearby House of Gladiators, check out the mosaics showing gladiatorial fights. 

Save time for the Nymphaeum, an elegant Roman fountain dedicated to water nymphs. You’ll also see the remains of an early Christian Basilica built in the 6th century A.D. 

The Kourion Ruins are located 11.8 miles (19 kilometers) west of Limassol. The site is open year-round and there is an entrance fee.


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